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Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Corinthians 15:32-33

Beasts at Ephesus. "If after the manner of men," etc. The words lead us to consider four subjects. I. A LOW JUDGMENT of human nature. "Beasts at Ephesus." There is no good reason for supposing that Paul meant literally beasts. By wild beasts he means men gross and savage in wickedness. Paul was not alone in classifying such men with irrational brutes. John the Baptist called some of his hearers "vipers," and the great Preacher compared some such men to swine. The Bible speaks of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Corinthians 15:33

Be net deceived. Do not be led astray by such specious maxims. They can only arise from that too great familiarity with the heathen against which I have already put you on your guard. Evil communications corrupt good manners. An iambic line from the 'Thais' of Menander, and perhaps taken by Menander from a play of Euripides. More accurately it means "evil associations corrupt excellent morals." According to the best reading ( χρηστὰ , not χρησθ ) , St. Paul does not quote it as... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Corinthians 15:33

Evil company. This is one of several instances in which inspired writers have incorporated in their own compositions the language of current literature. The adoption of a line from Menander is a witness to the harmony between human reason and Divine revelation. From whatsoever source proceeding, truth and justice, wisdom and prudence, possess a Divine authority. We are encouraged to use the wisdom of so called profane writers even m enforcing spiritual truth. I. INFIDELITY AND ... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 1 Corinthians 15:33

Be not deceived - By your false teachers, and by their smooth and plausible arguments. This is an exhortation. He had thus far been engaged in an argument on the subject. He now entreats them to beware lest they be deceived - a danger to which they were very liable from their circumstances. There was, doubtless, much that was plausible in the objections to the doctrine of the resurrection; there was much subtilty and art in their teachers, who denied this doctrine; perhaps, there was something... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 1 Corinthians 15:31-34

1 Corinthians 15:31-34. I protest by your rejoicing Greek, νη την υμετεραν καυχησιν ην εχω , by the boasting concerning you which I have, namely, on account of your faith in Christ Jesus our Lord. So the clause is interpreted by some critics. I die daily That is, I am daily in danger of death, for bearing testimony to the resurrection of Christ, and to a general resurrection through him. If, to speak after the manner of men That is, To use a proverbial phrase expressive of the most... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 1 Corinthians 15:29-34

A source of encouragement (15:29-34)It seems that another strange practice the church in Corinth had introduced was that of baptizing people on behalf of those who had died unbaptized. Paul does not stop to discuss whether this was a desirable practice; he simply asks what meaning can it have if there is no future resurrection? If people do not believe in the resurrection but practise baptism for the dead, they are demonstrating something they do not believe in (29).There are no doubts about... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - 1 Corinthians 15:33

deceived . See 1 Corinthians 6:9 . evil . App-128 . communications = associations. Greek. homilia. Only here. Compare the verb, Acts 20:11 . corrupt . See 1 Corinthians 3:17 . good . App-184 . manners . Greek. ethos. Only here. In plural = morals. A quotation from the Thais of Menander, an Athenian poet. App-107 . read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - 1 Corinthians 15:33

Be not deceived: Evil companionships corrupt good morals.Scholars identify this statement with the works of Menander, a heathen poet; but some believe the expression had passed into the Greek language as proverb. Paul's use of it here was to warn the Corinthians against any toleration of the evil teachers who were denying the resurrection; for the toleration of them was certain to have corrupted some of the church. The truth spoken is timeless and applicable to all who ever lived in any... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - 1 Corinthians 15:33

1 Corinthians 15:33. Evil communications corrupt good manners.— The original words are a quotation from the works of Menander, and are an Iambic verse. Accordingly Dr. Doddridge very well translates them thus: "Good manners are debauch'd by talk profane." read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - 1 Corinthians 15:33

33. evil communications corrupt good manners—a current saying, forming a verse in MENANDER, the comic poet, who probably took it from Euripides [SOCRATES, Ecclesiastical History, 3.16]. "Evil communications" refer to intercourse with those who deny the resurrection. Their notion seems to have been that the resurrection is merely spiritual, that sin has its seat solely in the body, and will be left behind when the soul leaves it, if, indeed, the soul survive death at all. good—not only... read more

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